Clive, New Zealand

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Photograph of the decommissioned Catholic Church in Clive
The decommissioned Catholic church in Clive
Clive is located in North Island
Coordinates: 39°35′S 176°55′E / 39.583°S 176.917°E / -39.583; 176.917
CountryNew Zealand
RegionHawke's Bay
Territorial authorityHastings District

Clive is a small town, ten kilometres from the city centres of both Napier and Hastings in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand's North Island. It is close to the mouth of the Ngaruroro River.

The town, which has a population of 1764 at the 2013 census,[1] is part of the Hastings district. It was named (like many of the towns in the vicinity) after a prominent person from imperial India, in this case Robert Clive, better known as "Clive of India". The name was given by John Curling.[2]

The town of Clive is mainly rural, yet with the increasing number of people moving into Hawke's Bay, and Clive being at the meeting point of Hastings and Napier, new subdivisions are being built to accommodate the growing population.

Clive is home to the Hawke's Bay Rowing Club who train on the Clive River. The Hawke's Bay Rowing Regatta is held on the first weekend of the year and was started in 1872.[3]


  1. ^ "2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Clive". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling, ed. Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 82. ISBN 9780143204107.
  3. ^ Gullery, Lawrence (6 Aug 2012). "Olympic Rowing Medals Could be Boon for Club's Future". Hawke's Bay Today. Retrieved 15 January 2016.

Coordinates: 39°35′S 176°55′E / 39.583°S 176.917°E / -39.583; 176.917